Thursday, May 31, 2012

Palestinian 'Sleep of Peace'

"Funeral Custom Among the Arabic Christians of Palestine--As a missionary, now residing at Bethlehem, informs us, the Arabic Christians of the Holy Land still observe the ancient and noteworthy custom at every funeral before burying their dead, always to place a fresh olive branch beneath the head of the departed. In doing so it is their object, as they way, 'to enable the departed to reach eternity with the olive-branch of peace.'"   Oxford Journal (Firm)

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